The OM-D E-M5 is Olympus’s most highly specified four thirds camera to date, and its most attractive, but is its performance good enough to provide a lasting legacy?

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 review


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The competition

Images: The Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Panasonic Lumix

The main competitor to an Olympus four thirds camera is a Panasonic four thirds camera – in this case, the Lumix DMC-G3, as it is closest in specification and style. Both have a 16-million-pixel output, built-in EVF and touchscreen functionality. The build quality and style of the OM-D E-M5 puts it a cut above the G3, although it is more expensive.

For those drawn to the retro styling of the E-M5, another similarly priced option is the Fujifilm X-Pro1, or even the Sony NEX-7. The X-Pro1 has a larger APS-C-sized imaging sensor, and as last week’s test of the X-Pro1 indicated in its resolved detail, it outperforms the E-M5 by some margin.

However, the X-Pro1 is part of a new system and there are not nearly as many lenses available to choose from – not without the use of future adapters anyway.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. HLD-6 grip and battery pack
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Noise, sensitivity and resolution
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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